Sishu Fertility Clinic

PCOS Treatment

PCOD/ PCOS treatment

PCOS is a condition that can be distressing for many women, particularly when it disrupts their menstrual cycle and fertility. Nevertheless, there is hope as PCOS is highly controllable with the right care and treatment. 

By adopting small lifestyle adjustments like shedding some weight, and taking basic infertility treatments and drugs, most women with PCOS can boost their chances of getting pregnant. Therefore, if you or someone you know is experiencing difficulties with PCOS, rest assured that there are viable solutions to aid you in your pursuit of parenthood.

WHAT IS PCOS?

PCOS is a medical condition in which women usually have high androgens levels, these hormones are typically present in a man and also in women but in lesser amounts.

PCOS is a medical condition in which women usually have high levels of androgens, these hormones are usually present in a man and also in women but in less amounts. This hormonal imbalance can result in a variety of symptoms like; irregular periods, excessive hair growth, difficulties with fertility, and acne issues.

Mostly, women with PCOS have a higher risk of falling prey to other health conditions like; type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. To diagnose someone with PCOS, doctors will perform a physical exam and then evaluate the symptoms and perform blood tests to check the hormonal levels. 

The treatment options for PCOS totally depend on the individual symptoms and goals, particularly if they are willing to conceive. Treatment includes; lifestyle changes like adopting a healthy diet, regular exercise, medications, and fertility treatments. The overall goal of the treatment is to manage the symptoms of PCOS and lower the risk of long-term complications.

PCOS SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of PCOS differ from woman to woman. Not every woman with PCOS is going to experience all the possible symptoms. However, it is recommended to seek medical attention if you suspect that you have PCOS.

Early diagnosis and treatment will surely help in managing the symptoms of PCOS and it will also help in reducing the long-term impact on your health regarding the condition. So, if any of these symptoms resonate with you then you must seek medical advice as soon as possible.

  • Irregular menstrual cycle or no periods at all
  • Excess hair growth (hirsutism) on the face, chest, back, or buttocks
  • Weight gain, especially around the belly
  • Hair Thinning and hair loss from the scalp
  • Oily skin or acne
  • Difficulty in getting pregnant (due to irregular ovulation or no ovulation)
  • Infertility
  • Dark and thick skin patches on the back of the neck, under the breasts, and in the armpits
  • Small pieces of excessive skin on the neck or armpits (skin tags)
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels
  • Type 2 diabetes or insulin resistance.

PCOS & HORMONE IMBALANCES

PCOS is a medical condition that affects women of reproductive age. The main characteristic of PCOS is hormonal imbalance, resulting in a wide range of symptoms. In women with PCOS, we can see an irregular production of follicle-stimulating hormone(FSH) and luteinizing hormone(LH). These are the two hormones essential for ovulation. 

This can lead to limited egg development and a decrease in fertility. Additionally, the hormonal imbalance usually results in increased levels of testosterone and other male hormones that can cause acne, unwanted hair growth, and male pattern baldness. 

Levels of the hormone androgen are also increased by abnormal insulin metabolism. The abnormal insulin metabolism associated with PCOS can also lead to obesity, and worsen anovulation (no ovulation). This can cause a range of complications, such as irregular periods, difficulty getting pregnant, and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

To diagnose PCOS, doctors often use blood tests to check hormone levels. These tests can help determine if a woman has an imbalance in her hormones, and can also help rule out other conditions that can cause similar symptoms.

While PCOS is a chronic condition that cannot be cured, it can be managed with lifestyle changes, medications, and other treatments. Women with PCOS can work with their healthcare providers to develop a plan that addresses their specific needs and goals and can help reduce their risk of long-term complications.

PCOS & INSULIN RESISTANCE

Insulin resistance can occur in some individuals, leading to reduced sensitivity of cells to insulin. This causes the pancreas to produce more insulin to regulate blood sugar levels. The surplus insulin may contribute to the hormonal alterations associated with PCOS.

PCOS & OBESITY

The relationship between PCOS and obesity is complex, as women with PCOS often struggle with insulin resistance, making it harder for them to lose weight or even causing weight gain. This insulin resistance is also associated with the development of PCOS.

Studies indicate that being overweight can worsen insulin resistance, and carrying excess belly fat can exacerbate it even more. However, a modest weight loss of just 10% can significantly improve a woman’s chances of conceiving by normalizing sex hormone levels.

It’s worth noting that PCOS symptoms may start soon after a woman begins menstruating or may develop later in life after significant weight gain. What’s certain is that obesity increases the likelihood of developing PCOS, and having PCOS increases the risk of obesity.

If you suspect you have PCOS, it’s crucial to seek medical help as early diagnosis and treatment can alleviate symptoms and reduce potential health risks associated with the condition.

Sishu Clinic has a program that is specifically designed for women with PCOS or who suspect that they might have it and are having difficulty getting pregnant.  

This program is conducted by our team of specialists who have diagnosed and treated over 200 cases of PCOS each year. They focus on improving your overall health and increasing your chances of getting pregnant through our personalized treatment plans.

WHAT WE OFFER

  • You’ll have an initial appointment with the doctors at Sishu Fertility Clinic, who specialize in PCOS. During this appointment, the doctor will review your medical history and discuss your symptoms to determine the best treatment plan for you.
  • You will get a PCOS nutrition consultation with Senior IVF Fertility Expert, Dr.Sumi Munankarmi at Sishu Fertility Clinic.
  • You will get a customized plan that combines fertility treatments, dietary and exercise guidance, weight management strategies, and emotional support. 
  • You will have ongoing fertility treatment coordination, planning, and monitoring between yourself, and our Senior IVF Fertility Expert, Dr. Sumi Munankarmi.

OUR PCOS NUTRITION EXPERT

Obesity affects a significant proportion of women with PCOS. To treat the disease, lifestyle modifications such as exercise and dietary changes are recommended to promote weight loss. Exercise can provide similar benefits to medications used to treat PCOS.

At Sishu Fertility Clinic, all patients with PCOS are advised to consult with our Senior IVF fertility expert, Dr. Sumi Munankarmi.

To address PCOS, the first step is to make an appointment with a Sishu Fertility Clinic physician. During this appointment, the physician will conduct a thorough examination and medical history to evaluate any hormonal or metabolic abnormalities. 

Based on the patient’s symptoms, a comprehensive treatment plan will be established, which may include additional testing.

PCOS TESTING

PCOS cannot be determined by a single test. Diagnosis usually involves evaluating a patient’s medical history and performing a pelvic exam. Women with irregular periods may receive a PCOS diagnosis if their blood tests and physical symptoms indicate elevated levels of male hormones or if an ultrasound shows typical signs of PCOS. 

Sometimes, women are diagnosed with PCOS after seeking help for infertility or recurrent miscarriages. Additional tests, like hormone level checks, may be necessary to diagnose PCOS. Your doctor will assess various factors, including clinical exams, ultrasounds, and lab tests, before providing a final diagnosis for PCOS. Some of these tests include:

  • Medical professionals utilize blood tests to assess hormone levels in the bloodstream. These tests can measure several hormones, such as follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), luteinizing hormone (LH), estrogen (estradiol), and androgens.
  • The utilization of ultrasounds is helpful in identifying the existence of cysts within the ovaries.
  • As part of the PCOS diagnosis process, your doctor will inquire about your medical history and perform a pelvic examination.
  • Endometrial tissue biopsy involves taking a small sample of tissue from the uterus lining to analyze and determine the cause of irregular periods.

PCOS TREATMENTS

The treatment plan for PCOS is customized according to each person’s specific needs. Implementing lifestyle modifications like maintaining a healthy diet, and exercising regularly can help in managing the general symptoms. However, in order to improve ovulation and improve the chances of getting pregnant, fertility treatments like; ovulation induction medication(like clomiphene citrate or gonadotrophin therapy)along with metformin can be necessary. 

At Shishu Fertility Clinic, we work together with you to create a customized plan that considers your individual situation and assists you in reaching your objective of beginning or expanding your family.

Certain treatments for PCOS involve the use of fertility medications such as clomiphene citrate, which can help with ovulation, and metformin, a diabetes medication that can increase insulin responsiveness in women with PCOS and lead to more regular ovulation, ultimately improving fertility. Shishu Fertility Clinic boasts the highest likelihood of achieving pregnancy in one cycle compared to other fertility treatments.

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